The BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC), and Minister responsible for electricity, Mark Vanterpool are defending that parliamentarians are not being given preferential treatment to get power restored to their personal homes.
The BVIEC made the statement this week amid claims from some residents that officials and other select persons were being prioritized for electricity.
Some members from both sides of the political divide such as Vanterpool and Opposition Leader Andrew Fahie have already been put back on the electricity grid.
Deputy Chairman of the BVIEC, Henry Creque said those instances are mere ‘coincidence’.
“That was matter of luck of the draw… The Deputy Premier only got power last night so it’s not us really picking and choosing. A lot of that is coincidence,” Creque told residents of the First District on Sunday. Several homes in that District are still without power.
Meanwhile, Works Minister Vanterpool explained that power is restored to homes based on varying factors.
One factor is location, Vanterpool said.
“It just depends on where you are and how things are in that area. Because sometimes your poles might be down and the other person next door might have the pole up or the transformer.”
The minister said securing electricity materials has also caused a delay in getting more homes back on the grid.
“Materials such as the lines and the transformers and even the poles – we have had a lot of challenges getting those. They were coming quickly in the beginning until Miss Maria came by and hit Puerto Rico, St Thomas, and St Croix,” said Vanterpool.
“The factories in the States that would normally send to us quickly and easily, they had a big demand now from Puerto Rico, St Thomas, and St Croix so material began to come slower and slower… That’s what happens when you have that impact in the whole region. It slows down things during recovery in that sense,” the minister explained.
The September hurricanes damaged some 12,000 poles, 400 miles of conductor cable, 2,200 pole-mounted transformers, and 3,500 streetlights across the British Virgin Islands.
However, power is now restored to roughly 60 percent of the territory.